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Tim Brando Riding Partner's Coaching Coattails Today

Saturday, January 10, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 12:37 PM, under , , ,

Athens, GA (Jan 10, 2008) - Never say that Tim Brando cannot laugh at himself. Arriving in Athens for today's game between Tennessee and Georgia, he was duly greeted with good natured ribbing about his "radio incident" earlier this week, where he and an Auburn fan got a little bit ugly on the air, after the fan blasted Brando's lack of coaching experience.

"Hey, at least I am working with someone today who has played AND coached," joked Brando as he prepared for his Raycom Sports broadcast with game analyst Joe Dean, Jr.

Riding His Experience? Tim Brando is paired with former Mississippi State
player and Central Florida coach Joe Dean, Jr. for January 10, 2009
broadcast of Tennessee versus Georgia.

As a three-year basketball letterman at Mississippi State University, he received several honors, including 1976 Academic All-SEC and was the first recipient of the James H. “Babe” McCarthy Award for leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Dean earned his B.S. degree in Education in 1976 and his Master of Education Degree from Mississippi State in 1977.

Coaches Understand Each Other: Raycom Sports Analyst Joe Dean, Jr.
talks with Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl before the January 10, 2009
broadcast of Tennessee versus Georgia.

Dean began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Mississippi State in the 1976-77 season. He then served as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Kentucky from 1977-1983, which included an NCAA Championship in 1978. Dean was named head basketball coach at Birmingham-Southern in 1983. In six seasons the Panthers won three consecutive Southern States Conference Championships, two District 27 titles, and competed in the NAIA National Tournament in 1984 and 1986. Dean was named Conference and District Coach of the Year three times, and finished his tenure at BSC with a 137-45 overall record. After his six year stint at Birmingham-Southern, Dean accepted a Division I head coaching position at the University of Central Florida, where he coached from 1989-1993.

Brando joined CBS Sports in 1995 as a play-by-play announcer for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship and has served as host of COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the CBS Television Network's pre-game studio show, since 1998. In addition, he has called play-by-play for THE NFL ON CBS and has hosted AT THE HALF®, CBS Sports' college basketball halftime studio show.

Shake A Stick At It: Tim Brando, shown here calling play-by-play for
Raycom Sports January 10, 2009 broadcast of Tennessee versus Georgia,
has covered 25 different sports in his career.

He also hosts "The Tim Brando Show" every afternoon on Sporting News radio. He has covered more than 25 different sports throughout his broadcasting career.

Scouting the Vols: Tim Brando, left, talks about Tennessee with Vols Radio
Analyst Bert Bertelkemp about the Tennessee Team.

The second half is underway, and Georgia has just taken a 42-40 lead. Meanwhile, Tim and Joe just roll along.

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